August 17th, 2015
FERRISBURGH — The Ferrisburgh selectboard on Aug. 4 signed a contract to purchase a new firetruck for $397,100 in 2016.
According to town officials, the new pumper truck will replace what the Ferrisburgh Volunteer Fire Department calls its “primary attack engine.”
The department has already set aside $90,000 in its capital fund over the past three years, and Ferrisburgh Fire Chief Bill Wager said the department will add another $30,000 in the next fiscal year for a total down payment of $120,000.
CHARLOTTE — Many of the top sailors and fastest boats on Lake Champlain will be taking part Aug. 22 in the 2015 Diamond Island Regatta, hosted by the Royal Savage Yacht Club (RSYC) and Point Bay Marina in Charlotte.
Again this year, proceeds from the event will benefit the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum in Ferrisburgh. Regatta entry will be free, with money raised through the sale of “swag bags” to sailors and racing fans, including donated items from local businesses.
MIDDLEBURY — John Rouse, owner of Rouse Tire in Middlebury, says he was surprised to receive the American Legion Community Service Award at a special Legion dinner earlier this year. Rouse is well known locally for his involvement in sports, both as a former student at Middlebury Union High School and currently as a sidelines coach for the MUHS varsity football team, as well as for being the president of the Friends of Middlebury Football.
RIPTON — The Middlebury Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the oldest writers’ conference in the country, will hold its 90th session when it begins Wednesday, Aug. 12, and continues through Saturday, Aug. 22.
MIDDLEBURY — Mary Hogan Principal Thomas Buzzell and Assistant Principal Steven Lindemann welcome Mary Hogan students and parents to the 2015-2016 school year. As the new school year approaches, the Mary Hogan staff is busy preparing for opening day on Wednesday, Aug. 26.
It’s a common lament: “My garden is shady and boring. All I can grow are hostas!”
I beg to differ. I delight in shady garden spaces — cool, tranquil places for people, and home for plenty of interesting plants.
Dick and I love to retreat, cup of tea in hand, to a favorite garden bench under the trees, a private outdoor room complete with leafy ceiling, richly patterned carpet and a view to the sunny border beyond.
Skeptics take note: The Vermont Clean Water Initiative passed into law this spring will make a significant difference to water quality throughout the state. With the teeth to make enforcement provisions stick, and with the EPA wielding the threat of more onerous penalties if the state standards don’t make the necessary improvements, Vermonters can look forward to cleaner streams and rivers initially, and our lakes in the not too distant future.